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Co-Principal Investigators

Dr. Matthew Mayhew

William Ray and Marie Adamson Flesher Professor of Educational Administration at The Ohio State University

Matthew Mayhew is the William Ray and Marie Adamson Flesher professor of educational administration with a focus on higher education and student affairs at The Ohio State University. He is interested in how collegiate conditions, educational...

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Matthew Mayhew is the William Ray and Marie Adamson Flesher professor of educational administration with a focus on higher education and student affairs at The Ohio State University. He is interested in how collegiate conditions, educational practices, and student experiences influence learning and democratic outcomes. He has received over 17 million dollars in grants for exploring the impact of college on student outcomes, including, but not limited to, moral reasoning, spirituality, high-risk drinking, and innovative entrepreneurship. Dr. Mayhew has published over 80 articles, is lead author on the most recent volume of How College Affects Students: 21st Century Evidence that College Works, and has contributed to a variety of media outlets, such as The Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, The Conversation, and BusinessInsider. In addition to serving as co-principal investigator of the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS), he directs the College Impact Laboratory where he oversees the Assessment of Co-Curricular Residential Experiences and Outcomes (ACREO) survey. ACREO is designed to measure the associations between residential environments and student achievement of timely and relevant outcomes, such as intention to innovate, bystander intervention, and financial health and wellness. Dr. Mayhew earned his doctorate in higher education administration with a focus on research, evaluation, and assessment from the University of Michigan in 2004.

mayhew.65@osu.edu

Dr. Alyssa Rockenbach

Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development at North Carolina State University

Alyssa Rockenbach is professor of higher education in the department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development at North Carolina State University. Her interdisciplinary research centers on the effects of college environments and...

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Alyssa Rockenbach is professor of higher education in the department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development at North Carolina State University. Her interdisciplinary research centers on the effects of college environments and experiences on student learning; religious and worldview diversity issues in higher education; intergroup dynamics, cooperation, and attitudes; young adult psychosocial development; and gender and LGBTQ equity issues in education and society. She is co-principal investigator of a five-year national study, the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS), which explores how educational experiences affect college students’ capacity to engage and cooperate with people of diverse worldviews. Dr. Rockenbach has authored or co-authored more than 80 publications, including peer-reviewed articles, books and book chapters, reports and monographs, and other scholarly works. Her work has been featured in media outlets such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and The Conversation. Dr. Rockenbach received her B.A. in psychology from California State University, Long Beach and her M.A. and Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Los Angeles.

alyssa_rockenbach@ncsu.edu

Research Team

Dr. Benjamin P. Correia-Harker

Research & Assessment Consultant at Interfaith Youth Core

Ben Correia-Harker, Director of Assessment & Research, oversees the development of interfaith assessment services and resources, consults with campus partners on assessment practices, and manages research efforts and findings dissemenation...

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Ben Correia-Harker, Director of Assessment & Research, oversees the development of interfaith assessment services and resources, consults with campus partners on assessment practices, and manages research efforts and findings dissemenation. Ben has a B.A. in Religious Studies from the College of Idaho, an M.S.Ed. in Student Affairs Administration from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago; and he continues to conduct research on and teach about college student leadership development. Having held various professional roles in higher education administration, it is his commitment to fostering student leadership development, creating inclusive communities, and addressing society's most complex problems through collaborative endeavors that fuel Ben’s interest in advancing interfaith cooperation.

Lori E. Durako Fisher

IDEALS Graduate Research Associate at North Carolina State University

Lori E. Durako Fisher is a doctoral student at North Carolina State University in the Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development department, focusing on higher education. At N.C. State, she works as a graduate research associate with...

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Lori E. Durako Fisher is a doctoral student at North Carolina State University in the Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development department, focusing on higher education. At N.C. State, she works as a graduate research associate with the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS). Lori received her B.A. in sociology from Purdue University and her M.A. in leadership in student affairs from the University of St. Thomas. Before starting at N.C. State, Lori worked with leadership development, student organizations, and student activism as the senior assistant director within the Center for Student Involvement at Santa Clara University. Her research interests include student activism, organizational growth and learning at colleges and universities, and the impact of campus climate on student development and engagement.

ledurako@ncsu.edu​

Mary Ellen Giess

Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships

Driven by her Unitarian Universalist values and personal experiences in college to build interfaith cooperation, Mary Ellen joined IFYC in 2008. She currently oversees innovative and strategic partnership opportunities for the organization, as...

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Driven by her Unitarian Universalist values and personal experiences in college to build interfaith cooperation, Mary Ellen joined IFYC in 2008. She currently oversees innovative and strategic partnership opportunities for the organization, as well as organizational evaluation, both of which include high-level management of the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS) research partnership. Her eleven years at IFYC have also included overseeing strategic engagement of student affairs and religious life professionals, serving as the organization’s executive vice president, and partnering with the Obama administration to create and implement the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. Having edited Educating About Religious Diversity and Interfaith Engagement: A Handbook for Student Affairs (2019), she has also published articles for the Washington Post, Inside Higher Ed, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, and has presented on panels across the country. After completing her undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mary Ellen received her Master’s degree in religion and government from Harvard Divinity School. Outside of work, she can be found chasing her husband and three daughters around town and serving on the board of her Unitarian Universalist congregation.

Dr. Shauna M. Morin

IDEALS Research Consultant at North Carolina State University

Shauna M. Morin is a research consultant for the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS) at North Carolina State University. Her research interests include religion, spirituality, and worldview diversity...

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Shauna M. Morin is a research consultant for the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS) at North Carolina State University. Her research interests include religion, spirituality, and worldview diversity among college students; culture and institutional identity at sectarian colleges and universities; and community engagement practices in higher education. Shauna earned a Ph.D. in higher education from North Carolina State University in 2017, and served as a postdoctoral researcher for IDEALS from 2017-2019.

smmorin@ncsu.edu

Suzanne Schier-Happell

IDEALS Graduate Research Associate at The Ohio State University

Suzanne Schier-Happell is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on the decolonization of Hindu Studies curriculum and Hindu student engagement. She...

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Suzanne Schier-Happell is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on the decolonization of Hindu Studies curriculum and Hindu student engagement. She earned a BA with high honors in Religion and Culture with a minor in Anthropology from Emory University and completed an MA in History and Critical Theories of Religion as a Harold Stirling Vanderbilt Graduate Fellow at Vanderbilt University, as well as additional coursework in Languages and Cultures of Asia. Suzanne is an award-winning undergraduate teacher and an accomplished cultural diversity trainer specializing in religious pluralism.

Musbah Shaheen

IDEALS Graduate Research Associate at The Ohio State University

Musbah Shaheen is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at The Ohio State University. Originally hailing from Homs, Syria, he earned his B.A. from Vanderbilt University with a dual major in Molecular and...

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Musbah Shaheen is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at The Ohio State University. Originally hailing from Homs, Syria, he earned his B.A. from Vanderbilt University with a dual major in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Music in 2017, and his M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont in 2019. His research interests include queer student identities and experiences, religious identity, Muslim student experiences, and international students in U.S. higher education.

Kevin Singer

IDEALS Graduate Research Associate at North Carolina State University

Kevin Singer is a Ph.D. student at North Carolina State University studying higher education. Before coming to NC State, Kevin earned an M.A. in systematic theology at Wheaton College (IL) and a B.A. in media studies from Northern Illinois...

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Kevin Singer is a Ph.D. student at North Carolina State University studying higher education. Before coming to NC State, Kevin earned an M.A. in systematic theology at Wheaton College (IL) and a B.A. in media studies from Northern Illinois University. Kevin enjoys finding ways to make IDEALS data accessible and useful to everyday people. He writes pieces on IDEALS findings for popular online spaces and helps run social media for the project. Kevin is a big fan of qualitative research, and hopes to become a faculty member in higher education.

Dr. Ashley Staples

IDEALS Postdoctoral Research Associate at The Ohio State University

Ashley Staples is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Study (IDEALS). She completed her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University in 2019 and has been a...

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Ashley Staples is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Study (IDEALS). She completed her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University in 2019 and has been a member of CoIL since 2016. Her research interests include connections across worldview difference, critical sensemaking, the process of academic resilience, and innovations of practice and policy to support college students.  She received her Master’s in Higher Education from North Carolina State University and earned Bachelor’s degrees in Logistics and International Business from the University of Maryland – College Park.

Mian (Helen) Wu

IDEALS Graduate Research Associate at North Carolina State University

Mian (Helen) Wu is a Ph.D student in the Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development department at North Carolina State University. She currently serves as a graduate research associate for IDEALS. Helen received her master’s degree...

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Mian (Helen) Wu is a Ph.D student in the Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development department at North Carolina State University. She currently serves as a graduate research associate for IDEALS. Helen received her master’s degree in East Asian studies at Duke University, where she also worked as staff assistant to the Director of International Research at the Duke School of Nursing. Prior to coming to the U.S., she studied four years in international journalism at Hong Kong Baptist University. Helen values creativity through interdisciplinary and intercultural collaboration. She is also a music and dance lover. Her current research interests lie at the intersection of financial socialization, financial literacy, and the role of higher education in social stratification.

mwu11@ncsu.edu​

 

Wu Xie

IDEALS Graduate Research Associate at The Ohio State University

Wu Xie is a first-year Ph.D. student in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University who works as a Graduate Research Associate for CoIL. She received two M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Nanjing Tech University and The...

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Wu Xie is a first-year Ph.D. student in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University who works as a Graduate Research Associate for CoIL. She received two M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Nanjing Tech University and The University of Nottingham before working as an electrical engineer. She then completed a M.Ed. in College Student Services Administration at Oregon State University. Her research interests include STEM education, civic engagement, and the threat of homelessness, housing instability, and food insecurity for college students.

Other Team Members

Julia Ahrns, North Carolina State University

Eleanor Chappell, North Carolina State University

Laura Dahl, Ph.D., North Dakota State University

Zach Hooten, Ohio State University

Graham Knight, Ohio State University

Gordon Maples, North Carolina State University

Eric McChesney, Ohio State University

Jenn Sheridan, Ohio State University

Christa Winkler, Ohio State University